Great to hear from you, Monique!! As you can see, we haven't had a lot of activity here recently. I keep hoping we can get everyone to return. There are so many things that are better here than Facebook! My FB profile is Susan Smith Pace. We have an Uno Mas group there, and I'll make sure you are added. In the meantime, hopefully we can get some more activity going here. Thanks for your update!
Oh Jackie, that is just terrible!! Although it couldn't take away the horrible incident from Emily, I was relieved to think he would never be able to take advantage of anyone else. Keep us updated. I sure want to see him prosecuted.....or at least not in the same line of work!
In TN we only had those 2 options as well. And, in order to receive a regular diploma, students have to pass all the standardized "Gateway"tests over the course of the 4 years in high school. We realizd when Emily was in about the 7th grade that she simply could not test well on those standardized tests. It tore me up at first. Ok......it tore me up for a while! Then, I went to a a Ds conference in Atlanta and met the mom of a young woman with Ds who was a Senior in high school. The mom explained that she was FINE with her daughter receiving exactly what she had earned.....the certificate of attendance. I started at that time to look at things differently.
For Emily.......going through graduation and everything else associated with her Senior year was no different than for anyone else. She received what looked exactly like a diploma, and she has never ever noticed that it does not actually say "diploma".
I think it's an individual thing. For us....the certificate of attendance was our only option. For that reason, we're ok with that.
Trisha, I'm so sorry you are going through this. How frustrating!!! Maybe Andrew will totally amaze them and make them re-think how they view inclusion. Surely they know that he doesn't have to be doing exactly what the other students are doing to be included. Sounds like you're being totally realistic. Sadly, you may have to be the one who comes up with some of the modifications. But you have the law on your side. Stick with what you know is best for Andrew; even if it gets very uncomfortable. Maybe this trial will go really really well!! Hoping that's the case.
Emily just turned 22 in July. It just blows me away! If I remember correctly, she was around 10 when I found Uno Mas, and this site has been SO important to me for all those years! This was where I raced to post about everything about Emily.....and the rest of our family too! You all have "been there" for me during great times, and some bad times too. Emily goes to see her neuro-opthamologist in Ohio next week, and we are very hopeful that she'll get good news. We have watched her vision improve steadily (although slowly) since 2010 when we were told that she would soon be totally blind. Today, Emily had an almost 3 hr evaluation by TN Rehab Center. Our goal is that she will be able to go there M-F from 8-4:30 for the next year. They teach job skills and actually put the students to work, where they can bring home a paycheck. She's very excited about it!
Everyone.........keep on posting about your kids. Although we are not as active as we once were, MANY of us are still reading!
WTG Sarah! It truly gets easier and easier each month....trust me. Emily still hates every second of it; and don't we all? But, most times she takes care of everything and the only way I know what's going on is that I see the little rolled up pads in the bathroom trash. Sending good thoughts for you to STOP the whole ordeal for yourself.....enough is enough!